Separated from parliament, will the Supreme Court become too powerful?

first_imgCreating the Supreme Court ‘as a result of what appears to have been a last-minute decision over a glass of whisky’ seems to verge on the frivolous, Lord Neuberger tells me. ‘You muck around with a constitution like the British Constitution at your peril, because you do not know what the consequences of any change will be.’ The law lord, who will be taking over as master of the rolls next month instead of joining the new Supreme Court, believes that taking Britain’s final court of appeal out of parliament should have been considered as part of a much wider review. ‘The law of unintended consequences is one of the most reliable pieces of law on the non-existent statute book,’ he adds. But Lord Turnbull, who was cabinet secretary in 2003 when Tony Blair unexpectedly announced several wide-ranging constitutional reforms, insists that they were not ‘thought up on the back of a fag packet’. Even so, he admits that the Supreme Court may be more assertive and difficult for a future government than the current law lords – a trend that can be seen already. Turnbull’s view is endorsed by Lord Falconer, who was appointed lord chancellor to see the reforms through. ‘I believe the effect of there being a Supreme Court will be to strengthen the judiciary in this country,’ he says. Falconer thinks the new court will be bolder, both in vindicating individual freedoms and being willing to take on the executive. The former minister frankly admits that this will lead to problems for future governments. All three peers were speaking to me for a Radio 4 documentary on the creation of the Supreme Court. The programme, Top Dogs: Britain’s Supreme Court, to be broadcast next week, reveals widely differing views on the court’s likely effect. Lord Bingham, the former senior law lord and a strong supporter of the Supreme Court, thinks it unlikely that the law lords will behave any differently now that they are no longer in parliament. ‘There is no question whatever of the Justices of the Supreme Court having a rush of blood to the head and saying: “Now we’re free of the constraints of being part of the House of Lords, we can throw our weight around and assert ourselves.”’ Bingham’s view is endorsed by the only woman in the new court. ‘I doubt very much whether it will change the way in which we do our work,’ says Lady Hale. ‘Our jurisdiction will be the same, our powers will be the same, we won’t get any greater or grander powers simply by becoming the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.’ But Lord Collins, the only member of the court to have practised as a solicitor, is less sure. He believes it will evolve gradually into a different type of body – ‘perhaps not as pivotal as the US Supreme Court, but certainly playing a much more central role in the legal system and approaching the American idea of a government of laws and not of men’. Why should this be? Collins points to the anomalous position of the law lords – peers interpreting legislation that other peers have approved. ‘Once these anomalies are removed, it may be that the court will feel freer to have a more activist role,’ he says.Lord Phillips, who becomes president of the court next month, takes a more cautious approach. On the face of it, he says, the change is one of form rather than substance. The furthest that Phillips will go is to say the move ‘could well prove to be a catalyst for gradual change’. As an example, he says the new court may experiment with majority judgments, something that parliamentary procedure did not permit. But his deputy believes that having their own building – on the other side of Parliament Square – may not be in the judges’ interests. The law lords used to meet all sorts of people when they walked round the Palace of Westminster, Lord Hope explains. ‘I can’t say our conversation [was] particularly deep, but at least it keeps you in touch with humanity.’ Their rooms in the House of Lords were crammed into a single narrow corridor ‘where interaction is very easy and relationships are extremely good’. In the Supreme Court, the judges will be dispersed around four corners on two floors, ‘so that you have to make an effort actually to go and see somebody’. Will geography affect the way the court works? Hope says the answer to that is ‘completely unknown’. And that, of course, is Neuberger’s point. ‘The fact that one might not have designed the system if one was starting from scratch is, to my mind, no argument for saying that, therefore, the system should be changed,’ he explains. Neuberger fears that the Supreme Court, separated from parliament, ‘could start to become more powerful, to try to assert itself in a way that is… foreign to the British system and would lead to a real risk of confrontation between the judiciary and the legislature, and, indeed, between the judiciary and the executive.’ In his view, there is a real risk of judges arrogating to themselves greater power than they have at the moment. ‘Democratic accountability is fundamental. And while it’s right and proper that judges have independent power and provide a very important balance to the elected legislature and the non-elected executive, it’s dangerous if they get too much power.’ Don’t say you weren’t warned. Top Dogs: Britain’s Supreme Court will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 8 September at 8pm and repeated the following Sunday.last_img read more

Catenary renewal fleet ordered

first_imgFRANCE: The RC2 consortium of TSO, Mobility, ETF and Setec Ferroviaire has selected Bergamo-based Tesmec Group to develop and supply a fleet of high-performance on-track machines for the replacement of overhead line equipment on Paris RER Line C.Under a €277m design-build contract awarded by infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau in February 2017, RC2 is responsible for replacing the 1·5 kV DC OLE on a 30 km section of Line C between Paris Austerlitz and Bretigny sur Orge, which is now more than 75 years old and becoming increasingly unreliable and expensive to maintain. Work is due to start in January 2020 for completion by the end of 2023, without any significant disruption to train services.To be undertaken in overnight possessions, the project is due to see the replacement of all existing masts, cantilevers and wiring. As the line has between four to eight tracks, this will require the replacement of 180 track-km of catenary in total. The route will be re-electrified using the CSRR (Catenaire Simple Renforcée Regularisée) design suitable for a maximum speed of 160 km/h, which SNCF Réseau intends to adopt as standard for all future 1·5 kV DC renewals.Under the €14·5m contract awarded at the end of July, Tesmec Service will work with the RC2 technical team to define the working methodology and design the nine vehicles to undertake the wire replacement element of the programme. The intention is that the fleet will be able to rewire 1·4 track-km in a single overnight shift.Tesmec will supply two vehicles with wiring recovery reels to remove the old overhead lines, one with a stringing system to run out the new catenary and contact wires; two with wire supports and working platforms for attaching the cables to the new cantilevers; one vehicle equipped with a stringing system for bespoke installation work including junctions, one for the cable fixing process and two with scissor lift platforms for dropper installation.RC2 plans to deploy a separate fleet of machines to install around 600 new masts ahead of the rewiring campaign and then remove the old infrastructure.last_img read more

High school boys soccer: Benton, Airline post district victories; Bossier wins

first_imgThe Benton Tigers and Airline Vikings posted district boys soccer victories Thursday night at Tinsley Park.Benton edged Parkway 3-2 in a District 1-II game. Airline routed West Monroe 8-2 in a District 1-I game.Jacob Garrett led Benton with two goals. Carter Parks had one goal and one assist. Reece Brooks and Sean Loftin had one assist each.Scott Perez and Luke Kirkpatrick scored Parkway’s goals. Koby Moffett and Logan Sanders had one assist each.Benton improved to 9-8-4 overall and 2-0 in district. Parkway dropped to 1-7-2 and 0-1-1.Airline’s Gin Pau scored six goals against West Monroe. Three came on assists from Keaton Love. Kham Nang had one goal and one assist. Airline also scored an own goal. The Vikings improved to 9-7-2 overall and 3-3 in district.Elsewhere, the Bossier Bearkats knocked off Calvary Baptist 2-0 in a non-district game at Calvary. Rene Alvarado scored both of Bossier’s goals. Pau Kim had one assist. The Bearkats improved to 5-3.NOTE: The above report is based on information provided by coaches or reports on teams’ official Twitter accounts.— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

MP supports Efogi soccer tournament

first_imgSoccer By KILA NAO The Fuzzy Wuzzy soccer tournament along the Owen Stanley Range, Central Province, has been boosted with a presentation of K10,000 to the organisers by the Kairuku-Hiri MP Peter Namea Isoaimo recently. More than 800 players, including team officials and supporters from villages in Efogi (hosting village), Manari, Launumu Woridi, Kagi, and Naduri villages along the Kokoda Track attended the five-day event. The communities on the Koiari mountains got together to participate in sports to ensure they continue prosper. Tournament chairman Uale Batia thanked Isoaimo for making time available for his people and coming up with such a gesture is an indication of a true leader. “Most of the youths play soccer and we are grateful to have received this gesture. It has boosted our confidence to play to the best of our ability. “The MP has demonstrated what a true leader is capable of doing and we thank him for having time and to have come and visit us at Mount Koiari, especially the villages along the Kokoda Track. “The money will be used to buy sports equipment and other sporting accessories in the long run,” said Batia. Isoaimo said in a brief presentation that sports brought everyone together to build friendship and relationship that will last for a very long time.last_img read more

CEO John Haddock leaves Betfred

first_img Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Share Industry news sources have reported that John Haddock has left as Chief Executive Officer of independent bookmaker Betfred.Haddock departs following thirty years’ service with the Manchester-based bookmaker, having served as CEO since August 2014  when he replaced Fred Done at the head of the company after years serving as managing director.As yet, Betfred governance has not disclosed any details regarding Haddock’s departure. However, industry news sources report that company governance felt a leadership change was needed in order to reverse corporate performance.The independent operator’s 2015 fiscal filing with UK Companies House (posted July 2016) reported operating losses of £76 million, as Betfred struggled with new UK gambling taxes, higher operational costs combined with lower betting margins.The Racing Post reports that Betfred founder and chairman Fred Done has taken over Haddock’s duties temporarily. Done commented on the departure of Haddock.“John Haddock has departed from the Betfred Group as CEO. I would like to thank John for his 30 years of loyal unblemished service and I wish him well for the future. For the time being I shall be assuming all of John’s duties.”A Betfred stalwart, Haddock’s thirty years’ service with the bookmaker had seen him take on numerous executive roles, being a key stakeholder in Betfred’s retail expansion taking the operators betting shop portfolio from 400 shops in 2014 to its present +1400 inventory. Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020last_img read more

Rangers appoint Jimmy Nicholl as assistant manager

first_img“It’s a good opportunity now to be away in Florida for this length of time to be around the training ground and the hotel with the players without it being a pressurised situation.“There comes a time when it gets to you though and you realise you miss the day-to-day stuff. But Paul Hartley gave me an opportunity to get back into it at Falkirk, and I’m disappointed to be leaving them in the same position as we arrived. “I would like to thank Paul and Falkirk for allowing me to take this opportunity.”Former Millwall, Raith Rovers, Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath manager Nicholl played for Rangers in two separate spells in the 1980s, winning three league cups and two league titles.As a manager in his own right he won the League Cup and the First Division with Raith Rovers in the 1990s and took Cowdenbeath to the Championship play-offs in 2014.Nicholl has also worked as assistant manager at Dunfermline, Aberdeen, Kilmarnock and Hibs and is part of Michael O’Neill’s backroom staff for the Northern Ireland national team. Murty had been working as caretaker boss since the sacking of Pedro Caixinha in October.Speaking to the Rangers website, Nicholl said: “I got the opportunity all those years ago with John Greig and Jock Wallace, and then I thought that was going to be it, I’d had my wee spell and fulfilled one of my ambitions. “Then, three years later I was back with Graeme Souness and Walter Smith. Then, again I thought that was it after that.“I know so many of the staff and the guys in the academy, and that’s great as it means I’m not walking in to a strange environment where I’m having to spend a bit of time getting to know everybody.  Rangers have appointed former player Jimmy Nicholl as assistant manager to Graeme Murty.The 61-year-old joins the club from Falkirk, where he had been working as assistant to Paul Hartley since October 2017.He will begin work with the squad on their trip to America to play Atletico Mineiro and Corinthians in the Florida Cup.Nicholl is the first addition to Rangers backroom staff since the club announced former development squad coach Murty would be manager until the end of the season.last_img read more